Finished Baby Quilt
May has been filled with a commissioned hour glass quilt for a little girl moving into a big girl bed, and working on a tshirt quilt that’s been on my plate for several months (long story). My friend and homebirth buddy, Stephanie, gave birth to Calvin Joseph last weekend, a wee bit earlier than we expected. So I manged to put together his baby quilt pretty quickly this week. I used the sew-in at Red Hen last week to piece the strips and iron, the rest went pretty quick.
I love zig zag quilts, and I’ve done a few in practice, which is maybe why it went so quick. Most patterns I found used triangles, which I didn’t love. So I kind of modified them and came up with a different way to do them. Much easier in my opinion.
Stephanie had mentioned she preffered jewel tones to primary or pastel colors, but I just couldn’t find any jewel tone fabrics I thought would look good for a crib quilt. Instead, a selection of plaids caught my eye at Tiny Stitches when we were shopping after a guild meeting a month or two ago. I already knew I liked the Moda Linen (also available in a lighter color), so the plaids seemed to coordinate beautifully.
I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I love the refined look of the quilt. I wanted to do something different for the backing fabric – something different, but still had that refined look and feel to it. Who can resist argyle? Not me especially!! Argyle is probably one of my most favorite patterns ever. I had two yards of this particular print in my stash for awhile, and it is perfect.
I went out on a limb and decided to finally freemotion an entire quilt (granted it’s only a crib-sized quilt) for the first time. I have quilted many small items and practiced a lot, but never actually freemotioned a quilt. I’ll admit it – my nerves were a mess! I managed to quilt the entire thing (using Aurifil 50 wt. in Sand) while Aaron was napping last Friday. It’s far from perfect and there are places that make me cringe if I look too close, but Paul swears it’s wonderful and he can’t see any mistakes. I’ll take his word for it : )
I couldn’t be more proud of our friend Stephanie and her successful home VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section). Calvin Joseph was born at home last Saturday morning, and I can’t wait to meet him! We first met through our midwife when I was pregnant with Aaron. We were in the same homebirth ‘class’ and we became really good friends following the birth of our sons. Leland and Aaron are great pals!
I’m finishing the top of the hour glass quilt this week, getting it sandwiched and ready for quilting. Paul is making progress on my new work desk for the studio/office, and I hope it’ll be ready in time to do the quilting. I am trying to finish the tshirt quilt, but waiting on another tshirt to add to it. I am also working on the “organic” quilt for Project Modern’s latest Challenge. If things go well, I’ll also be submitting the “organic” quilt to the East Cobb Quilt Guild for their big quilt show, so it has to be done by June 15. I can do it : )